A small Emirati company linked to the major Ukrainian aeronautical conglomerate Motor Sich is currently subject to an intense tug-of-war between the Ukrainian authorities and oligarchs that Kyiv claims are linked to Russia. At stake are the sizeable profits of a Ukrainian military equipment company.
The fledgling company found by a pool of military veterans and Africa experts is hoping to provide solutions to the shortage of wide-body cargo planes caused by the war in Ukraine. It is exploring several options, including a highly hypothetical plan to refit certain US military aircraft for civilian use.
After much hemming and hawing, French Bolloré Logistics has renewed its contract with the French army in Sahel.
Split in its response to the Russian offensive in Ukraine, the Arab League has quietly set up a small task force to address the issue. This will be no easy task for the team primarily comprised of African members of the league.
In Pretoria, the Ukrainian embassy has received many requests from South Africans and neighbouring nationals to join the fight against Russia, yet at the moment there are several obstacles stopping them from going.
The withdrawal of French troops from Mali presents a major logistical challenge, with an increased risk of attacks by Islamic militants. The military has been examining various scenarios over the past few weeks.
In November, one of the French army's convoys that came to support the Barkhane force by road was attacked by locals. For the past two months, French military planners have been working on scenarios to keep its troops supplied in the Sahel without provoking any new unrest.
The Russian army's military intervention in Ukraine has exacerbated the battle being fought by Russia and the West over the Antonov aircrafts operated by rival Ukrainian and Russian leasing companies. The Russian offensive will make it more difficult for France to redeploy in the Sahel and reduce the number of lessors available to NATO.